The True Meaning of Easter

Hannah Tomes, Co-Editor

Easter is coming up on Sunday, April 21, which means there will be a lot of family gatherings and egg hunts. There is a lot more to this special holiday than chocolate bunnies and painted eggs.

While there are a lot of fun traditions to take part in on Easter, the day itself is a Christian holiday and is meant to honor the day Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us by dying on the cross. It all begins the Sunday before Easter, which is called “Palm Sunday,” and is the day Jesus first rode into Jerusalem on a donkey where the crowd laid palm branches on the ground in front of Him. This marks the start of Holy Week, which is the week leading up to Easter.

The Friday before Easter, coming up in just a couple days, is often referred to as “Good Friday.” It’s the day Jesus was crucified and then laid to rest in the tomb. Easter Sunday is the day He rose from the dead, which is why it’s such a big celebration for Christians. Over the years traditions like hunting eggs and getting a visit from the Easter bunny have been added to the holiday. Overall, it’s a fun day that everyone can enjoy, but it’s important to not forget the true meaning behind it.